40, i nuovi 20 - forties are the new twenties

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to Monday, November 30, 2015 - 2:00am

40, i nuovi 20 - forties are the new twenties  is an exhibition that celebrates the milestone 40th year of OCAD University's Florence Off-campus Studies Program. Students from the 40th year of this one-of-a-kind studio-based experience will showcase their works, 40 pieces from 20 artists and designers, alongside a curated archival display celebrating the incredibly rich history of the program.

Monday, November 23 to Sunday, November 29

OCAD University Great Hall

This exhibition is generously supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall, 2nd Floor 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON
2015 Florence students

Florence Fundraiser

Florence Fundraiser
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to Friday, June 7, 2019 - 11:45pm

An original artwork sale hosted by the students participating in the Fall 2019 Florence Program with OCAD University. Artwork priced between $50-$400.

Art Sale Party: Thurs, June 6th 5-9:30pm
Join us for an evening of snacks, music, and of course art!!

Art will be hanging in the main lobby of 100 McCaul St from June 5-7th 2019. Art will be available for sale from June 6th.

Venue & Address: 
Main lobby, 100 McCaul St.

The Future of Inhabited Form Exhibition -- Closing Reception TONIGHT

Design Study Abroad
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Future of Inhabited Form with Professors Doreen Balabanoff & Stuart Reid are pleased to present the exhibition of student work from the Design Study Abroad course.

November 12 to 23 in the Great Hall


Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall, OCAD U, 100 McCaul St. 2nd Floor
Design Study Abroad
Digital Screen: 

Study Abroad Venice/Florence Info Session

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

This 1.0 credit elective is an intensive 4-week interdisciplinary studio. Students will focus on imaginative consideration of the future… of human dwelling, urban development and our creative interaction with the world that surrounds us. This course has a primary focus on the built environment but is open to all students eligible for 3rd or 4th-year studio coursework who have a passionate interest in the immersive and interwoven world of architecture and art, and the creative development of the built environment.


We will begin with a few days in Venice, experiencing the Venice Biennale Architecture  – this year’s exhibition is entitled  Freespace  –see http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/2018/16th-international-architecture-exhibition... among other events and sites of interest across Venice.


We will then travel to Florence – with visits to Padua and Vicenza along the way. We will take up residency for three weeks in the OCADU Florence studio, and students will work there on completion of their own (pre-defined) project.


There will be an information session on Thursday, Jan 18, from 11 am – 1 pm in room 530 (5th floor 100 McCaul – the Materials Lab). Please come whenever you can in that time period, we will start at 11 am and repeat information as needed.


The deadline for student application to the Future of Inhabited Form Study Abroad course is midnight Saturday, Feb 10th.


Info on how to apply and FAQ's can be found online at http://www2.ocadu.ca/event/study-abroad-florence-info-sessions


Professor Stuart Reid will be teaching the course, and Professor Doreen Balabanoff will be participating as guest lecturer and critic.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street Material Innovation Centre -- ROOM 530

Study Abroad Rome & Florence 2017 Exhibition

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Embedded in the living memory of Rome and Florence explorng with the hand,mind, eye and senses considering urban possibilities and design a future of human flourshing.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Great Hall 2nd Floor, 100 McCaul
Florence poster

Study Abroad, Florence: Contemporary Consciousness Future Flourishing

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Contemporary Consciousness / Future Flourishing

OCAD U undergraduate students from the Faculty of Design (Environmental Design, Industrial Design and Illustration) and graduate students from IAMD and Digital Futures Masters programs are holding an Open Studio event at the OCAD University Florence Studio (Via Bonifacio Lupi 14) on Saturday June 10 from 2-5 pm.

The undergraduate presentations are the culmination of a four week intensive studio - The Future of Inhabited Form - design work for a site in Rome near the Maxxi Museum. Students spent two weeks at Sapienza University of Rome with OCAD U Professors Stuart Reid and Doreen Balabanoff and Professor Fabio Quici of the Sapienza Faculty of Architecture.
The graduate students are offering a glimpse into their work in progress towards their MFA or MDES research/practice.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Open Studio Via Bonifacio Lupi 14 Firenze, Italy
Poster Florence Open Studio

Support Florence 2017/2018

Friday, April 28, 2017

Following a meeting with students who had been selected to participate in the Florence Program for the 2017/2018 academic year, as well as some of their parents, President Diamond and the Executive Team have committed to proceeding with the program this year.

Earlier in April, the 2017/2018 Florence Program was suspended for review as part of the budget reduction process. Students and some parents proposed raising funds to allow the program to proceed this year. The President and Executive Team met with this group to listen to their proposals.

Impressed by the students’ and parents’ passion and commitment to fundraising for this cause, the Executive Team has agreed to proceed with the program this year. The Development office will work with a coordinated group of students and parents to support and extend the fundraising campaign already launched by the students.

Parents and other supporters have also volunteered to support the effort to gain enhanced provincial government funding for OCAD University. 

The program will be suspended for 2018/2019 while we conduct a thorough review.

Please visit our donation page to support the campaign!


Florence Campus Open Studio Event!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 8:00pm to Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 1:00am

The Florence Campus students from OCAD University are a group of 24 young artists and designers from Canada studying in Florence from September 2016 to April 2017.

On December 7th, 2016, we will open our doors and invite the public to visit our Open Studio event. On display will be creative work we have made here in our shared studios. The work spans several disciplines and includes drawing, painting, printmaking, textile, sculpture, photography, video, and design. We look forward to meeting you.

The Artists:  Kelly Adams / Julia Balfour / Madsie Bouard / Gwen Brown / Ashley Carpentier / Jessie Eaton / Lisa Elaine Frost / Lauren Gotao / Madeleine Lucke / Peter Luo / James McDowell / Emily Michailidis / Chad Milne / Brian Oliveira / Mira Pedari / Mathilda Pich / Bridget Punch / Kriti Sharma / Sophie Stefanovitch / Kresen Thawani / Lucia Wallace / Nigel Westgate / Sarah Zanchetta / Kathy Zhou




Venue & Address: 
Via Bonifacio LUPI 14 2 Piano/ 2nd Floor Florence, Italy
pphillips@faculty.ocadu.ca: Director, Fall Semester: Paulette Phillips

IAMD Florence Residency - David Constantino Salazar

In-progress bird sculpture by David Constantino Salazar
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 4:00am

Current Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design student David Constantino Salazar shares his expereince studying in Florence this past summer as part of the OCAD U Florence Off-Campus Study Program:

"My Independent Study in Florence, Italy, began in the spring of 2016, with my research and studio production overseen by Professor Dr. Martha Ladly.

The Independent Studio was a focus on how in both painting and sculpture, narratives and allegory come together through form and matter in the work of the Renaissance masters, such as Michelangelo, Donatello and Lorenzo Ghiberti.  The visual study in Florence was fundamental to my studio practice as a sculptor, where I use a traditional hand modeling technique of clay and wax that are directly linked to the studio practice of many of the Italian Renaissance artists.

In Florence, with the help of art resident historian Dr. Katharina Giraldi. I studied the anatomical techniques and compositional approaches used by artists in the representation of both human and animal.  I gained an understanding of the symbolic imagery used to communicate cultural ideologies.  My proposal was to digest the research through a series of miniature plasticine clay studies. The choice to model on a small scale gave me the ability to fluidly work through ideas both structurally and conceptually.  My research in the IAMD program explores allegorical narrative through anthropomorphic animal sculptures. I am interested in how the physicality of matter through form and gestures bring characters to life.

In Florence, I developed a series of bird sculptures at the moment of impact of having crashed into a wall. The work is ignited by the viewer’s imagination when my offerings of forms and gestures become characters, narratives, metaphors and allegories in the mind of the viewer.

My research also involved traveling to, Pietrasanta, in order to visit contemporary artist Fernando Botero’s frescos (Heaven – Hell). 

I left Italy with an enormous amount of gratitude for having the privileged experience to further my research with the assistance of Professor Dr. Martha Ladly."

More about the IAMD Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm 

More about David Constantino Salazar's work: http://www.projectsalazar.com/

Series of small sculptures sitting on a workbench in a sunny room with an open window overlooking a rooftop

CROSS SECTION 2015-16 Florence Program Exhibition

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 4:00am

CROSS SECTION  2015-16 Florence Program Exhibition

Opening reception: Thursday October 20, 5 - 7 PM

Exhibition dates: October 17 - 23, 2016

The Great Hall, OCAD U, 2nd floor, 100 McCaul St, Toronto 

OCAD University's Florence Program is proud to present CROSS SECTION, a group exhibition highlighting recent work by twenty-four students working from a wide array of mediums - drawings, prints, collages, paintings, sculpture,installation, photography, sound, video, digital imagery and jewelry. Varying in creative approach, theoretical structure and technical processes, the body of work from these students come together at a cross section as they intersect, coincide, synchronize and exist side-by-side. This international campus offers a facilitated directed study approach where students develop a body of work in a communal studio setting and study art history amidst a backdrop of the Italian Renaissance. In this 2015-16 academic year, the studio component was coordinated by Faculty of Art member Professor Michèle White in the fall semester 2015 and Assistant Professor / CLTA Linda Martinello in the winter semester 2016. 

2015/16 STUDENTS

Jasmine Cardenas | Keith Cooke |Danielle Darrach | Abbey Gagnon | Saba Giani | Megan Hazen | Zahra Lakdawala | Yi-Shuan Lee | Rushi Li | Sergej Mileski | Jess Morris-Wazney | Lauren Pyc | Wei Qi | Kate Rogers | Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh | Lisa Rusland | Connie Santos | Emily Schimp | Peter Tran | Angela Tupper | Rocio Soncini | Chloe Wang | Qiuchun Wei | Jess Welch

For further info and images from the 2015-16 Florence Program, its year-end exhibition, and student portfoilios, visit:

Website:  www.ocaduflorence.com

Instagram: ocadu_florencecampus 



Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall, OCAD U 2nd floor, 100 McCaul St, Toronto
Cross Section_Florence 2016 Exhibition poster, student images and text